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be its next to last witness today. a dna expert and trayvon martin's mother expected to take the stand on friday before the prosecution rests. another big day in a trial that's had nothing but big days so far. martin savidge starts us off. >> reporter: though the symbol to many, the hooded sweatshirt trayvon martin wore the night he was killed is also a key piece of evidence. the state expert said he found no trace of george zimmerman's dna on that sweatshirt, not each on the sleeves or cuffs nearest to the fist the defendant says trayvon martin was hitting him with. and no zimmerman dna was found on martin's fingernails. what about martin's dna, was it found on the gun which by one zimmerman account, the teen actually reached for and touched. >> a swab or the dna that you developed from the pistol grip of the defendant's gun, it was positive for blood, correct? >> yes. >> and then there was a mixture, the major was matched to the defendant, george zimmerman? >> yes. >> and you were able to exclude trayvon martin as having dna on the pistol grip, is that correct? >> yes. trayvon martin
their words in. turning it into trayvon martin was profiled. we turn to the latest on that and the other key developments. this captivating testimony, what stood out to you? >> there were a number of thi s things. this is a young lady going up against don west. they were going toe-to-toe. west was able to question the credibility of some of the statements she made implying she said certain things in testimony. she was saying something different when she got on the witness stand. sometimes it was the words she attributed to george zimmerman. sometimes she left out the racial remarks. it went back and forth like that. other times, it was less about the testimony and more about a test of wills. take a listen. >> so the last thing you heard was some kind of noise like something hitting somebody? >> trayvon got hit -- >> you don't know that, do you? >> no, sir. >> you don't know that trayvon got hit. you don't know that trayvon didn't, at that moment, take his fist and drive it into george zimmerman's face, do you? >> no, sir. >> the no, sir could be interpreted as she didn't know that, but deny
is in the courtroom and starts us off. >> though a symbol to many, the hood sweat shart that trayvon martin wore the night he was killed is a key piece of evidence. the state expert said he found no trace of george zimmerman's dna on the sweatshirt. not even on the sleeves or cuffs, nearest to the fit fists that the defendant says martin was hitting him with and no dna under his fingernails and what about martin's dna? was it found on the gun which by one zimmerman account the teen actually reached for and touch. >> swab you developed from the pistol grip of the defendant's gun was positive for blood, correct? >> yes. >> there was a mixture. the major matched the defendant george zimmerman and you were able to exclude trayvon martin as having dna on the pistol grip, is that correct? >> yes, trayvon martin was excluded as being a possible contributor to the mixture on the grip. >> the hoodie was tested by a firearms expert said the hoodie was touching it. >> what did you find when you conducted the test with the sweatshirt. >> it was consistent with rez deuce and physical effect of a contact shot
first noticing who later became known to all of us as trayvon martin. >> he observed trayvon walking between two sets of town homes and looking into, i believe there was a window to one where the light was on and you could see someone was looking into the window of a town home. it was about that time that trayvon and george made eye contact with each other. both aware of the other's presence. >> okay. in that initial contact did he seem to you as though he was angry or anything like that with who this person was? >> no, no. george said he wanted to make sure he just got with non-emergency dispatch and had them send a police officer. >> he told you he did that? >> immediately. >> you know from your conversation with george that entire conversation was recorded, correct? >> yes, i do. >> from your conversation with george about this night and other nights george zimmerman knows those phone calls are recorded? >> yes. >> tell me then again he's explaining to you that trayvon martin is walking up and near his vehicle at some point? >> correct. >> came walking from between the town homes
that you heard trayvon martin say "a little, get off, get off"? >> yes, sir. >> is that correct did you say that? >> yes, sir. >> in the meeting that you had, the conversation that you had with miss fulton on march 19th, before you did the interview later, and in the written statement that you prepared for miss fulton, a personal statement, in neither of those instances did you say that you heard trayvon martin say as you said later," a little get off get off," correct? >> yes, sir. >> that's because you didn't think it was that important at that point? >> crump asked me about when the fight started in the grass, he didn't ask me about that. he asked me about that. >> so, when you decided what part of what you knew to tell miss fulton, you decided not to tell her that part? >> your honor, objection. >> i'm not sure that was her answer so you need to reask the question. i believe she said they never asked her that. >> all right. i'm asking about this witness's thinking. so when you decided what part of the information that you had about the events on the evening of february 26th, you decided
that person's name to be trayvon martin? >> that's correct. >> and did you go over to trayvon martin's location? >> i walked towards it, yes. >> and how was trayvon martin's body positioned when you arrived? >> face down, his hands were underneath the body. >> and to your knowledge, were you the first officer to approach trayvon martin? >> yes. >> all right. did you know whether or not he was dead or alive at that point? >> i did not. >> did you know what his involvement was at that point? >> i did not. >> did you give him any commands, trayvon martin? >> yes, i did. >> what commands did you give him? >> i asked to see his hands. >> and where were his hands when you asked to see them? >> underneath him. >> he was lying on his stomach? >> correct. >> did trayvon martin respond physically in any way to your commands? >> no, he did not. >> did trayvon martin respond verbally in any way to your commands? >> no, he did not. >> did you see any movement from trayvon martin's body? >> i did not. >> did you hear any sounds from trayvon martin's body? >> i did not. >> did other sanford police
attributed to george zimmerman. sometimes she left out the racial remarks that trayvon martin made of zimmerman. it went back and forth like that. and other times it seemed like it became less about the testimony and more about a test of wills. take a listen. >> so the last thing you heard was some kind of noise, like something hitting somebody? >> trayvon got hit. >> you don't know that, do you? >> no. >> you don't know that trayvon got hit. >> he -- >> you don't know that trayvon at that moment take his fist and drive it into george zimmerman's face, do you? >> no, sir. >> reporter: the no sir could be interpreted is that she's denying what don west is saying. it went back and forth. >> her testimony today, there were a lot of questions and clarifying about race. how did that play out? >> reporter: well, you know, race, of course, has been a key factor in this story ever since the beginning. in fact, many say that's what took it from a local tragedy and propelled it to a national debate. but today what don west was trying to say is look, it's been george zimmerman that's been por
-- the suggestion is why didn't trayvon martin have blood on his hands, does -- is blood susceptible to gravity as well? >> yes, sir, it is. >> p he gets smashed in the most and thrown on the ground, which way is the blood going? >> towards the ground. >> back down his throat. >> back down his loetd. >> only when he stands up is it going to stop coming out of his nostrils which is after he's no longer being mount bid trayvon martin? >> typically, yes, sir. >> break my nose, put me on the ground, my blood going back into my throat. >> theoretically, yes. >> would not be available to be on trayvon martin's hands at that point because there was no blood outside of the nose, correct? >> correct. >> i'm not going to approach you like he did. left -- if he's holding him down, could that be literally momentary she holding him down and mr. zimmerman is trying to get back up? >> yes, sir. >> could he attempt to suffocate momentary as well? >> yes, sir. >> could it be a sleeve or an arm or -- a palm or -- anything that could have given mr. zimmerman that impression? >> yes, sir. >> thank you, your honor.
honor. and finally, you do not have the phone records in terms of trayvon martin or rachel jeantel, right, the lady that he was talking to, to determine whether it was actually based on when the defendant's phone finished or not? >> no, sir, i did not. >> in other words, you didn't have the defendant's phone records either, did you? >> no, sir. >> and i'm talking about the february 29th interview, i apologize. >> i was assuming that, yes. >> thank you, no further questions. >> thank you. we've been here almost two hours this morning on cross. now you're seeking to re-recross. i will give you five minutes. it's the state's witness and the state will have another five minutes on re-re-redirect. >> sorry, your honor, there's just a new areas he's gone into and i have to address them. >> well, you have five minutes for your re-recross. >> yes, your honor. as far as any blood on mr. zimmerman's hands, when he got to you he was already cleaned up by emts and he had washed himself at spd, correct? >> yes, sir. >> you wouldn't expect to find blood on his hands at that point, would you? >>
to bring up, there was a very close relationship between the prosecution and trayvon martin's family, but also, their attorney benjamin crump. in fact, when the initial interview took place with authorities, that young lady was sitting in the home of trayvon martin's mother and seated next to her when she gave that first testimony was sabrina, trayvon martin's mother. so they are trying to imply that her testimony could have actually been encouraged or somehow interfered with just by having trayvon's mother right next to her. >> another witness called is jenna lower. she made one of the 911 calls. jurors heard her call, the yelling and the gunshots. what did she say that was so important? >> that's the thing, what she had to say really was not so important. she didn't bring such dynamic or anything new, but of course her call everybody knows. if she hadn't made the call at the seem she did, you never could have caught the gunshot and the screams that are at the center of such a huge debate in this case. it allowed for her call to be introduced, but she really didn't bring too much. >
's lead, the grueling cross-examination of trayvon martin's friend. day 14 in george zimmerman's murder trial, the defense finally wrapped up its questioning of rachel jeantel, the 19-year-old who was on the phone with trayvon martin moments before he was killed. this cross-examination lasted five hours over two days. also today, testimony from the neighbor who made the 911 call, where loud screaming can be heard, and then a gunshot. jurors heard her account of that scream. and today another witness testified she saw george zimmerman on top of trayvon martin after the altercation. she is the third witness to say so. but for most of the day, rachel jeantel faced questions from the zimmerman defense team. and they tried to undermine her story. the defense repeatedly raised questions about her version of events, but she did not waiver from her testimony that trayvon martin did not confront george zimmerman. >> he said why are you following me for, didn't he? >> no, sir, not that kind of way, sir. >> it was just a question, hey, mister, why are you following me for? >> he say hey, mister, w
-degree murder trial, george zimmerman's account of shooting trayvon martin was played for the jury. prosecutors today questioned two investigators who interviewed mr. zimmerman in the hours and days following the shooting. and they played those interviews in court. the prosecution also played mr. zimmerman's walk-through of the crime scene the morning after the shooting, trying to highlight some apparent inconsistencies in his account. at one point today, jurors watched how police question mr. zimmerman about his version of events. >> i don't know how this is going to go at this point. what he was doing when he came to your car, he probably wouldn't be here right now. did that ever register to you at all. >> i guess that i answer to his family right now. >> yes, sir. >> why didn't it occur to you -- i mean, a lot of what we do in law enforcement is basically without talking and a lot of casual encounters, intentional encounters we call them. we might be trying to detect something. but did it ever oh can curr to you to actually ask this person what he was doing out there? >> no, sir. >> was ther
17-year-old trayvon martin, who was unarmed. but all along zimmerman has said the shooting was in self-defense. prosecutors are trying to show zimmerman not only profiled martin, but that he followed the teen and misled police about how the fight with martin went down. the state started out today fairly strong with key testimony from the lead investigator on the case but things fizzled fast when prosecutors called an unusual witness to the stand, george zimmerman's best friend. then came a crucial account of george zimmerman's injuries from the chief medical examiner. before we show you some of the highlights from today's testimony, let's bring in marcia clark, former lead prosecutor for the o.j. simpson murder trial and author of "killer ambition." she's joined by cnn legal correspondent jeanne cassaras. let's go over the law. it's no surprise that much of today's testimony resolved around the injuries that george zimmerman sustained that night. the medical examiner was asked to look at the photo evidence of zimmerman's injuries. let's play some of that from the case earli
county. the medical examiner did not examine the body of trayvon martin, but instead is working off reports and has described zimmerman's injuries to his head as minor. now the defense attorney continues questioning. let's his listen. >> consistent with one but suggested by turning the head in different ways, it could be three. >> three or four? >> with no injury, yes. if the head did not contact, yes. >> how about below the laceration? did you notice that? >> the contusion. >> below. could that have been a separate injury? >> it's possible. >> well, if the head was hit so that just the crown hit the cement one time, let's say his head just snapped back and -- that could have caused one of the lacerations, correct? >> yes. so close to each other. that's the approximately that really kind of makes it possible. >> i appreciate that. so, if the head was tilted one way and then smacked back, so this was the crowning point, that would be one laceration. >> it's possible. >> then if the head was this way, another laceration injury. >> that's possible. >> if way was able to resist a toss,
for shooting trayvon martin. >> how would you classify the injuries to the defendant's head? >> they were not life threatening. they were very insignificant. they did not require any sutures to be applied to mr. zimmerman. so i would refer to them insignificant injuries. >> reporter: on cross-examination, the defense attorney mark o'mara implied valerie rao owed her job to the special prosecutor in the zimmerman case. and then walked her back from some of her findings. >> it's your position that it's consistent that george zimmerman may have only received as little as three -- did you call -- what term did you -- smasher? >> sorry? >> slamming. three slammings into cement, correct? >> i didn't use the word slamming. >> i'm sorry, i thought that was your word. >> no, i got that from the re-enactment. >> what word would you use? >> impact. >> so it's your position there are at least three impacts between that head and cement? >> yes. concrete. >> reporter: earlier, zimmerman's best friend took the stand, it was mark osterman who first convinced zimmerman to buy a gun. he also housed george
punch of holes at the story george tells about the night he shot and killed trayvon martin. >> reporter: the day started with a parade of witnesses from george zimmerman's past, from the professors who taught him about criminal justice -- >> you see george over here? >> how are you doing, george? >> reporter: to a represent from a virginia police department that rejected his application to be a police officer. >> mr. zimmerman had a problem with his credit? >> yes, sir. >> and that would be a reason why you wouldn't be accepted as a police officer? >> that's the reason why we did not consider him further based on that record, yes, sir. >> reporter: zimmerman's past could haunt him if jurors are swayed by the picture prosecutors are trying to paint, a wannabe cop who went too far, then less than forthcoming about how well he knew the law on national tv. >> prior to this night, this incident, had you even heard stand your ground? >> no, sir. >> you'd never heard about it before? >> no. >> reporter: captain alexis francisco carter told the court part of the course he taught covered self de
, that's what he said trayvon martin said? >> right. correct. >> reporter: in that book, he says zimmerman said martin tried to reach for the weapon on his hip, actually touching the gun. >> the defendant is claiming that the victim actually grabbed the gun, grabbed the -- >> that was my understanding, that he grabbed the gun. >> reporter: but a latent print technician found no trace of martin's prints but conceded rain could have washed it away. >> so fingerprints may have exited on an item that you have lift a latent from and there be no latents whatsoever, correct? >> correct. >> even though it's been handled by two or three people? >> that's correct. >> reporter: osterman wrote that zimmerman held down his hands, fearing he might be still be a threat, but the teen's hands were underneath his body. >> you call that being underneath his body? >> yes, sir. >> could someone say that was inconsistent? >> yes. >> reporter: the jury being told the ignore a key moment of monday's testimony. that moment, when the defense attorney got the stanford police department's lead investigator
're doing here. so you were in the bathroom, and because of what trayvon martin was saying, you were paying more attention at this moment than you had been previously? >> yes, sir. >> and that you knew at this point that he had run and that he had lost the man. correct? >> yes, sir. >> and that his voice had changed. >> yes, sir. >> and you thought it was because he was tired from running. >> he sound tired, sir. >> and you don't know how far he may have run. >> no, sir. >> objection. >> overruled. that will be the last time for that question. >> you don't know how far he had run? >> no, sir. >> and you have this conversation with him for a couple of minutes, and then he says he sees the man again. >> yes, sir. >> and are you really paying attention now? >> i been paying attention, sir. >> i'm sorry? >> i been paying attention, sir. >> i was -- >> been paying attention, sir. >> so after you are talking to him on the phone, he seems out of breath for a couple of minutes. he says to you, he sees the man again and you pay particular attention now? >> i was been paying attention, sir, when i ha
. zimmerman allegedly received from trayvon martin that night were, quote, insignificant, a claim that could undermine his claim of self-defense. also today, the lead investigator testified mr. zimbabwe may have profiled trayvon martin the night he shot him, acting out of, quote, ill will and spite. and jurors heard a tv news interview george zimmerman gave nearly a year ago in which he said he had no regrets about his decisions the night of the shooting. a dramatic day in court, but perhaps the key testimony came from that medical examiner who did not perform the autopsy on trayvon martin, but who was asked to review the evidence by the state. she offered her expert opinion on mr. zimmerman's injuries. >> are any injuries in this photograph life-threatening? >> no. >> why not? >> he has no loss of consciousness whatsoever. he didn't have to go to the hospital. he went to a clinic. >> are any of those abrasions life-threatening? >> no. >> and how would you classify the abrasions depicted in state 73? >> very insignificant. if somebody's head is repeatedly slammed concrete with great force, i
that are not flattering to trayvon martin. he used despairing language when she spoke of george zimmerman. i think when you take all the testimony into context, that just helps the prosecution because if this jury, carol, believes what she is saying. they will believe that george zimmerman was the initial aggressor. under the law, that means self-defense isn't really a available to him. i think that's why this witness is so very crucial to the prosecution. >> page, as a defense attorney, we've seen that rachel is bei combative. as a defense attorney, what special challenges does that present? >> it does present challenges. you don't want to beat up a witness who is essentially a 19-year-old girl. i expect the jury will come in there already bias towards trayvon. she's a friend towards vavon. what you do as a defense lawyer, don't keep her up there for another two or three hours. hit the key points and show that she's bias and show she has been consistent in her earlier testimony and evidence. >> there are inconsistencies in her story, though, paige. number one, she lied about her age to trayvon martin'
that was? >> i got a partial dna profile, and that matched trayvon martin. >> the dna. >> this would be a buckle swab taken from george zimmerman. >> where does the case stand right now as the prosecution begins to wind down its case? the zimmerman trial in black and white. my exclusive with the man who defended o.j. simpson in his murder trial. i want to begin with cnn's martin savidge, live for us in sanford, florida. martin, another day, another gripping series of witnesses, t happened today. >> a lot of forensics, piers. experts and evidence. much of the afternoon talking about dna, specifically whose dna was found where or not found. and the focus became on the gun. the gun that george zimmerman used to shoot 17-year-old trayvon martin. george zimmerman said at one point trayvon was, he believed, reaching for his gun and may have got a hand on it. what did the dna testing find? take a listen. >> the dna that you developed in the pistol grip of the defendant's gun is positive for blood, correct? >> yes. >> and then there was a mixture. that matched the defendant george zimmerman
experts to the gun expert. and then trayvon martin's own blood paraded around in that court just feet from his parents. it all comes down to it. did the prosecution make its? here is the day wrapped up in a nut shell. >> talk to me a little bit about what kind of student you remember the defendant to be. >> you know as you always kind of remember your smartest student, the one that stood out the most, the one that probably wasn't the best student. and he was probably one of the better students in the class. >> on the issue of injuries, though, when you talk about that with the class your understanding of the law is that the focus is what is going on in the person's mind, not whether they have actually been injured? it's the fear of the injury, is it not? >> the fact alone that there isn't an injury doesn't necessarily mean that the person did not have a reasonable apprehension of fear. >> you don't have to wait until you are almost dead before you can defend yourself? >> no. i would advise you probably don't do that. >> tell me what sort of things you addressed as it relates to the law of
testimony approximate the night george zimmerman shot trayvon martin. so we'll get you up to speed on the trial that attracted more and more attention each and every day. we had opening statements and the prosecution argued that zimmerman profiled and murdered trayvon martin. and zimmerman's lawyer claims it was all self defense and slammed later for a courtroom attempt at a homer. and day two, lawyers argued over the admissibility of the police calls he made months before the shooting and they were admitted. and a police official wo worked with zimmerman also testified on day two, and we came to day three. the woman who called 911 and the star witness, the woman on the phone with trayvon martin immediately before the confrontation between the teen and zimmerman. her testimony was compelling if not consistent. and martin when she spoke to him on the phone appeared to be scared and talked about being followed. day four, that same friend returned to the witness stand and challenged by the defense about the inconsistencies and she was rather formal and different rachel that we saw. to
-examination for trayvon martin's friend who was on the phone with him when the confrontation unfolded. rachel jeantel probably made an impression on you and some think maybe the wrong impression on jurors. today, there appeared to be changes. more on the attitude adjustment and all the other big developments tonight from martin savidge. >> reporter: round two of the clash in the courtroom between the star witness and veteran defense attorney. it started out nice enough, rachel jeantel seemed to have adopted a more respectful tone. >> yes, sir. >> reporter: but it wasn't long before her yes, sirs seemed to take on a sharper edge. >> yes, sir. >> reporter: defense attorney don west was out to discredit her testimony that george zimmerman was the aggressor and pointed to numerous changes in her story in previous accounts including a letter to trayvon's mother, describing what she heard. in it, she left out trayvon's derogatory racial language. >> you specifically chose not to tell ms. fulton that's what trayvon said. >> no. >> because you thought it would hurt her feelings, didn't you? >> no. >> you did
? >> interrogation was reported three days after zimmerman shot and killed trayvon martin. this is the third piece of audio or visual evidence, all of which were recorded by police interviewing zimmerman multiple times, for the jury to hear. the initial audio recording where zimmerman explains 90 minutes after he shot and killed trayvon martin, to police, why he thought martin was suspicious to begin with and he explained that by saying he had never seen him before in the neighborhood. zimmerman also referred three times to trayvon martin as, quote, the suspect, something typically used by law enforcement officers in describing a situation, which prosecutors then pointed out. the jury also saw video taken the day after zimmerman shot and killed martin when he had ban -- bandages on hi head and provided a dna swab. he said zimmerman jumped out of the bushes and punched him in the nose. listen. >> we don't have the videotape cued up right now. that its when he said, he punched him in the nose and that when he got on top of zimmerman, according to zimmerman, martin told him, you're going to die tonig
smothered? i don't hear it and i don't hear trayvon martin. we noefl george zimmerman testified specific things he said martin was saying to him. how significant is that? >> i don't know about you, but i'm glad to hear george zimmerman have to answer tough questions. i've been watching every bit of this trial. this is the first time that he had to sit and answer some very difficult questions about the case. i think especially the question about smothering is really important because george zimmerman says he was screaming. he was screaming for help. that's him on that 911 call, right? well, if he's being smothered, if trayvon martin's hands are over his nose and mouth, how is he screaming? i think that's an outstanding point made by detective serrino. what was the provocation for martin punching had im? that's always been a weak part of his story. he says he came around and out of nowhere after a brief bit of conversation, what's your problem? >> i don't have a problem. you have a problem now. bam, trayvon martin punched him hard in the face. that seems hard to believe. i think what this
advice he's giving deen. >>> a second straight day of cross examination for trayvon martin's friend who was on the phone with him when the confrontation unfolded. rachel jeantel probably made an impression on you and some think maybe the wrong impression on jurors. the big developments from martin salve individual. >> reporter: wound two of the clash in the courtroom between the star witness and veteran defense attorney. it started out nice enough, rachel jeantel seemed to have adopted a more respectful tone. >> yes, sir. >> reporter: but it wasn't long before her yes, sirs seemed to take on a sharper edge. >> yes, sir. >> reporter: defense attorney don west was out to discredit her testimony that george zimmerman was the aggressor and pointed to numerous changes in her story in pref juvious accou including a letter to trayvon's mom describing what she heard and left out the derogatory language. >> you specifically chose not to tell ms. fulton that's what trayvon said. >> no. >> because you thought it would hurt her feelings, didn't you? >> no. >> you didn't think that would bother her,
asked you about that trayvon martin was running away from the person? >> yes, sir. >> and you also made reference that trayvon martin said the man -- described him as a creepy white -- >> object. object. that is at this point beyond the scope of the cross examination and not responsive to one of the issues raised during the cross and it's also leading. >> overruled to the first two objections. as to the leading, i will give a little leeway to get a frame of reference and then make sure your questions aren't leading. >> yes, your honor. my question is, do you recall mr. west asking you that trayvon martin referred to the man that was following him as a creepy white crapper? >> yes. >> objection. >> i didn't say that. that's a mischaracterization of the testimony. >> sustained because i think the words were creepy ass cracker. >> were the words -- pardon me language, were the words creepy ass cracker? >> yes, sir. >> do you recall mr. west asking you about that. >> yes, sir. >> and also -- and to you is that a derogatory -- is that the way people speak in your culture, your age group? >>
a possible testimony this week of trayvon martin's parents, tracy martin and sabrina fulton. they're expected to tell the jury the screams on that particular 911 tape belong to their son. the jury will also hear from another key witness, lead investigator in the martin shooting, who originally recommended that zimmerman be charged with manslaughter. i want to take you back right now to mark o'mara, who's questioning the detective on the scene, also who questioned. let's listen in. >> you had mentioned -- i'm going to skip around just a little bit and hit subjects rather than the timeline. the entirety of your true interaction with mr. zimmerman was on the tape, correct? it was small bits that were not -- >> a little bit before i could get it started. introductions to each other when i walked in the room, i'm sure. and something that might have been said as i walked out. >> sure. the substance of it we've all heard now from the tape itself. >> yes. >> and as to that interview, you don't have a great deal of testimony that you can offer the jury except to listen to the tape, correct
and trayvon martin were old friends, and contrary to reports, they were only friends. >> you weren't in any way his girlfriend? >> no. >> reporter: the two reconnected just weeks before trayvon martin's death. on the night he died from the other end of the phone line, she was, in a sense, within earshot of the tragedy as it unfolded. that's why she's the state's star witness, the only one they think who can tell trayvon's side of the story. >> what was he complaining about? >> that a man kept watching him. >> reporter: it was clear from the start she does not relish her new found fame, mumbling her answers. the court reporter had to keep stopping for clarification, and the defense complained repeatedly. >> give your answers as slowly and clearly and as loudly as you can. >> reporter: she painted a picture of a teenager feeling threatened, and on the run from a strange man. >> i asked him how the man looked like. he looked like a creepy ass cracker. >> let me make sure we got that. creepy -- >> ass cracker. >> yeah. is that what you recall him saying? >> yes. >> does that to you mean like a
. trayvon martin's friend takes the stand for the second day. the teenage girl who has a unique way of making sir sound like an insult. >> he did not tell me that, sir, he just told me he trying to get home, sir, but the man was still following -- following him, sir. >> and the last moment of trayvon martin's life captured on a chilling 911 call. >> do you think he's yelling help? >> yes. >> there is gunshots. >>> we'll break down today's testimony and more on the woman everyone has been watching and talking about. >> yes, sir. no, sir. yes, sir. no, sir. yes, sir. >>> who is rachel jeantel? also, one of the 27 nfl players charged with a crime since the super bowl. >> despite the fact he has a fiancee and a baby and is a homeowner, he also has a means to flee and a bracelet won't stop him and not the $250,000. denying the bail. >> does the nfl have an image problem, or will the fans forgive as they normally do? >>> i want to begin with the teenage girl, rachel jeantel took the stand today for a second day and face add heated cross-examination from the defense. >> if you thought it w
. their own witness says the teenager, trayvon martin, was on top in the scuffle that unfolded before the neighborhood watchman shot him dead. the father of the fugitive surveillance leaker ed snowden says he is confident his son could soon return to the united states but there's a huge catch. >> president obama spoke about possibly visiting the civil rights icon nelson mandela, who remains in critical condition in a south african hospital. we'll explain why activists are demanding obama get out of south africa. all ahead unless breaking news changes everything on "studio b." >> first from fox at 3:00, another key witness for the prosecution in the george zimmerman murder trial, painting a vivid picture of the violence suffered just moments before the shooting that killed trayvon martin, and he said that one person was on top of the other, and that he could see the colors of their clothing. >> the color of clothing on top, what could you see? >> it was dark. >> how about the color of clothing at the bottom? >> i believe it was a light white or red color. >> so that means the teenager,
to be trayvon martin was on top, correct? >> correct. >> and he was raining blows on the person on the bottom, george zimmerman, right? >> that's what it looked like. >> reporter: he was watching from his patio about 15 to 20 feet away. zimmerman that night was wearing a red and blackjack et, martin a dark hooded sweatshirt. >> the color of clothing on top, what could you see? >> it was dark. >> okay. how about the color of clothing on the bottom. >> i believe it was white or red color. >> reporter: that's not all good says she saw. he witnessed physical blows being thrown and mix the marshall arts. >> what you saw was the person on top in an mma style straddle position, correct? >> correct. >> that was further described, was it not, as being ground and pound? >> correct. >> reporter: good also testified about one more key question, that voice screaming for help in the darkness he believes belonged to zimmerman. >> the voice screaming for help however many times that you heard it, it was just one person's joyce? >> when i heard it outside? i believe it was just one person's voice, yes. >> and
actions and what and where he came into contact with the person we now know as trayvon martin? >> yes, that's the same map. >> let's go over a few things. i'm pointing to what appears to be a pink right here. what's the significance of that? does it say car on there? >> it says car. that's where he says his car was when he first noticed trayvon. >> all right. here is what i'm going to do. i'm going to blow up part of this map so jurors can see it. okay. right here i'm pointing to where it says the word car. he's actually writing that in or you writing that in. how does that progress? >> he wrote that down. i may have put the direction of the arrow showing the direction he was going. >> the defendant was driving. okay. what appears here is something in pink. what is that? >> that's to indicate where he first saw trayvon. >> he comes into contact and sees trayvon martin, the victim where the x is? >> yes. >> in terms of using this map, ipi see what appears to be the line. what's the significance of that? >> it shows the route of car and the line that leaves the x shows the route of wher
at the george zimmerman/trayvon martin murder trial. >> the person who you now know to be trayvon martin was on top, correct? >> correct. >> as a key witness takes the stand, we will have complete courtroom analysis. >> anybody who tries to inject race into it is wrong. >> laura: after trayvon martin's friend uses racially charged language on the witness stand the martin family lawyer suddenly claims race is not a factor in the case, but it wasn't always that way. >> he was executed for wwb, nagc. walking while black in a gated community. >> we have a debate. >> if there is someone saw what i worked for and they had wanted it. >> laura: paula deen's cookbooks are flying off the shelves as her fans race to her defense. is this the beginning of a come back for the star chef? caution, you are about to enter the no spin zone. the factor begins right now. >> laura: hi, i'm laura ingraham in for bill o'reilly. racial tensions in the trayvon martin trial that the subject of this evening's talking points memo. you probably heard testimony of rachel jeantel who was on the phone with him right bef
and killed trayvon martin. george is howell outside the court in sanford florida. jane velez-mitchell is joining us from new york. george, zimmerman's neighbor, george good, he's a state witness but he corroborates zimmerman's story he was being pummelled in that fight. tell us about the testimony that occurred today. we don't have george. maybe jane can brief us. are you there? >> i am. jonathan good is good for george zimmerman because he corroborates his story. he says he heard a tussle, goes outside and the person he describes as being on the bottom fits the description in terms of the clothing he was wearing of george zimmerman. he also said he saw a ground and pound meaning the person on the top was grounding and pounding which he modified saying he didn't see anything with 100% certainty. i have to say his testimony was contradicted the night before just last night. another neighbor said she saw man who fit the description of george zimmerman on top. you have all these other witnesses, residents on a dark and murky night seeing fragments. >> mow unusual is it for the p
martin? >> that's correct. >> did you go over to trayvon martin's location? >> i walked toward, yes. >> and how was trayvon martin's body positioned when you arrived? >> facedown, his hands were underneath the body. >> and to your knowledge, were you the first officer to approach trayvon martin? >> yes. >> all right. did you know whether or not he was dead or alive at that point? >> i did not. >> did you know what his involvement was at that point? >> i did not. >> did you give him any commands, trayvon martin? >> yes, i did. >> what command did you give him? >> i asked to see his hands. >> where were his hands when you asked to see them? >> undermanaged in him. >> he -- underneath him. >> he was lying on his stomach? >> correct. >> dr. trayvon martin respond physically in any way to your commands? >> no, he did not. >> did trayvon martin respond verbally in any way to your commands? >> no, he did not. >> did you see any movement from trayvon martin's body? >> i did not. >> did you hear any sounds from trayvon martin's body? >> i did not. >> did other sanford police department offic
was the last person to talk to trayvon martin. and 30 counts, including 17 that could result in the death penalty. the surviving suspect in the boston bombing indicted today by a federal jury. and the senate is on the verge of finally passing a bill to overhaul immigration laws. what are the odds it will get through the house and actually become the law of the land? >>> good afternoon, everyone. i'm jake tapper. welcome to "the lead." we begin with the national lead and things that touch on thorny events, racial events. in the trial of george zimmerman, all eyes were again on the prosecution's star witness, who spent more than five hours on the stand today. rachel jeantel says she was on the phone with trayvon martin just as his famed fight with zimmerman began. her testimony is critical for the state and the defense. the defense questioned her on claims she heard trayvon yell, "get off, get off" and he got her to back off claims that she heard martin get hit. >> so the last thing you heard was some kind of noise like something hitting somebody? >> trayvon got hit. trayvon got hit. >> you
trayvon martin was saying, you were paying more attention at this moment than you had been previously? >> yes, sir. >> and that you knew at this point that he had run and that he had lost the man, correct. >> yes, sir. yes, sir. >> and that his voice had changed. >> yes, sir. >> and you thought it was because he was tired from running? >> he sounded tired. >> you don't know how far he may have run. >> objection. >> overruled. it will not last time for that question. >> you don't know how far he had run. >> no, sir. >> and you have this conversation with him for a couple of minutes and then he says he sees the man again? >> yes, sir. >> and are you really paying attention now? >> i was really paying attention, sir. >> i am sorry? >> i had been paying attention, sir. been paying attention, sir. >> after you are talking to him on the phone, he seems out of breath for a couple of minutes. he says to you he sees the man again, and you pay particular attention now. >> i had been paying attention, sir, when i had called him back. >> so the answer is yes you were focusing on this? >> yes, sir
a day after other seeming contradictions emerged, including whether zimmerman followed trayvon martin after the dispatcher told him not to or whether trayvon martin grabbed zimmerman's gun or reached for it. mr. zimmerman has pled not guilty and claims he shot trayvon martin in self-defense. how is the prosecution doing, improving what they call a web of lies? joining me now, former prosecutor faith jenkins, msnbc legal analyst lisa bloom, former florida homicide prosecutor who is now a criminal defense attorney and criminal defense attorney john burris. thank you all for being here. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> faith, this testimony comes from the college teacher and it was pretty powerful. how serious have they damaged zimmerman's credibility with this? >> well, they're trying to build upon what they believe are inconsistencies and lies told by george zimmerman. it's not just the fact that he has to lie but he does it because he can. and they're showing he's lying about the small things, so how can you even believe him about the big things? and in the interview, the reason why i t
happened during and immediately after trayvon martin's deadly encounter with george zimmerman. one neighbor saw their struggle up close and provided testimony. was zimmerman or martin the aggressor. i'll speak with trayvon martin's stepmother. she says she lost a child she raised, the young man she calls not just a stepson but a son. >> i'm the one that took him to the football games. i'm the one that was there when he was sick. >> we'll hear more from her shortly. first, martin savidge. >> reporter: what jonathan good saw the night trayvon martin died goes to the heart of the zimmerman case. >> that night that you saw the person who you now know to be trayvon martin was on top, correct? >> correct. >> and he was the one who was raining blows down on the person on the bottom, george zimmerman, right? >> that's what it looked like. >> reporter: good lives in the subdivision where the shooting took place. he was watching from his patio about 15 to 20 feet away. zimmerman that night was wearing a red and blackjack et. market, a dark hooded sweatshirt. >> the color of clothing on top what did y
at the scene was trayvon martin's. one of the voices was his girlfriend who he was talking to right before he was killed. >>> and in washington today, history was once again written by the supreme court of the united states. >> an historic morning at the supreme court. >> the supreme court has just struck down the federal defense of marriage act. >>> california's ban, on recognizing same-sex marriage is dead. >> now, once again legal in the state of california. >> i feel jubilation, i feel fabulous. >> celebrations from the steps of the supreme court. has there been a bigger day for gay rights? >> a confrontation between gays and police at a bar called the stonewall inn. >> there is a law that says gay people can't be married. >> there is a law. >> every right to live a perverted life-style. >> president clinton has signed the bill that bans the government from recognizing same-sex marriages. >> victory for two who challenged the law that made sexual contact illegal between members of the same sex. >> our journey is not completed until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like everybody e
to wonder why there's no blood on the sidewalk. no blood on trayvon martin's hands, et cetera. it is an intriguing question. i wouldn't say that the defense has to prove that. the defense does not have to prove anything. the burden of proof always rests with the prosecution and they have to show that this killing happened not in self-defense as zimmerman claims. >> robin, since you are a former prosecutor, i want to go to you on this. i've seen a lot of criticism in the prosecution in the social media about how they are trying this case, what evidence they are putting on, and who they are calling. i want to play you something that happened in court today and get your reaction to it. earlier in court the members of the jury, able to watch part of an interview that george zimmerman gave in july of 2012 on fox news. i want you to look at the short excerpt from that interview and then respond to it. >> is there anything you regret? do you regret getting out of the car to follow trayvon that night? >> no, sir. >> do you regret that you had a gun that night? >> no, sir. >> do you fe
trayvon martin said? >> right. correct. >> reporter: in that book, he says zimmerman said martin tried to reach for the weapon on his hip, actually touching the gun. >> the defendant is claiming that the victim actually grabbed the gun, grabbed the -- >> that was my understanding, that he grabbed the gun. >> reporter: but a latent print technician found no trace of martin's prints but conceded rain could have washed it away. >> so fingerprints may have exited on an item that you have lift a latent from and there be no latents whatsoever, correct? >> correct. >> even though it's been handled by two or three people? >> that's correct. >> reporter: osterman wrote that zimmerman held down his hands, fearing he might be still be a threat, but the teen's hands were underneath his body. >> you call that being underneath his body? >> yes, sir. >> could someone say that was inconsistent? >> yes. >> reporter: the jury being told the ignore a key moment of monday's testimony. that moment, when the defense attorney got the stanford police department's lead investigator to say he believed zimmerman
cease, correct? >> correct. >> do you recall stating after he shot trayvon martin, trayvon martin put his hands up, correct? do you recall that? >> yes, sir. >> do you recall that he then stated that trayvon martin somehow fell on the ground face first, do you recall that? >> yes, sir. >> and you recall the defendant stating he put his arms out, correct? >> correct. >> do you recall him saying that? >> yes, sir. >> now, sir -- >> do you recall, sir, that one of the first -- first person had a came out before the officer was the person, joe manallo. >> son thon. >> i'm sorry. i apologize. jonathon. showing you state's exhibit 77. do you recall the photographs out there? >> yes. >> one of them was state's exhibit 77? >> yes, sir. >> and -- may i publish this to the jury? >> yes, you may. >> do you recall in that photograph the victim's hands being underneath his body? >> yes, sir. >> >> can someone say that was inconsistent with the defendant's statements that his hands were straight out, he put his hands out? >> that positioning, yes. >> i'm sorry. >> that positioning, as seen there, y
that that you had said that trayvon martin was not identified yet? >> we did not know who he was at the time. >> and that was when you communicated that to george zimmerman, correct? >> i don't know if it was directly at that same moment, but, yes, we spoke about not being able to know who the victim was. or may a statement, i don't know what it was in response to, that we hadn't yet identified the victim. >> and his response was that he didn't even realize that trayvon martin had passed, correct? >> he gave me like a blank stare on his face and said what do you mean you don't know the victim. i said we don't know who he is. and he said he's dead? and i said -- i asked -- i said to him i thought you knew that. >> at which point he sunk his head down looking down to the floor? >> towards the table. >> on the table. and shook his head, no? >> something like this. like he was just -- >> what did that evidence to you? i believe that he didn't realize that he was dead based on what i seen, but i don't want to spec laz what it meant beyond that. i'm not sure. >> there were questions on the tape ab
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